Relaunching on Kickstarter in February 2018, with the Second Opinion expansion!

Bad Medicine is a raucous party game of quick thinking and hilarious storytelling, from the designer of the word game Wordsy and the strategy games Battle Merchants and The Networks.

In Bad Medicine, you and your opponents are huge pharmaceutical companies. Your goal is to create names and advertisements for new drugs to cure the current Malady, while downplaying any side effects that you'll never know about ahead of time.

Buy a print-and-play version of the game!

Bad Medicine: Second Opinion

Bad Medicine: Second Opinion is the expansion to Bad Medicine. It will contain about 100 new cards, plus a new mechanism, Complications, that can add surprise cards to your pitch.

Check out the rules to the base game!

Read the rulebook here.

Watch a sample round!

Quotes and reviews:

"A cheeky and sweetly cynical game." - Huffington Post

"Bad Medicine is terrifically funny and cleverly written. There are tons of cards to create daft-but-plausible names, and the benefits are ripe for unusual interpretation. Side effects are quite specific but plenty silly by themselves, especially in the right combinations. We managed to solve the obesity crisis by making our patients unable to swallow, although it led to their teeth falling out and being replaced with tiny tongues." - A.V. Club

"... this game sells itself on two basic features that often underwhelm in similar party game products: Replayability which, it has in abundance, and what I call creative spotlight time. If lack of a good time with your tabletop friends is what ails you, a prescription of Bad Medicine might just be the cure you’re looking for." - Knights of the Dinner Table, issue #248.

"Bad Medicine is the kind of game that can be learned in moments, played in minutes, and enjoyed for hours. In no time, our pitchmen were hilariously trying to sell the drugs that the developers had slapped together. Bad Medicine is a perfect party game - clear, simple rules, minimal fussing with components, and constantly and consistently engaging gameplay - everything you need for a raucously good time." - Gameosity

"If your party is suffering from anxiety, boredom, or constipation, then Formal Ferret 'Pharmaceuticals' brings the cure with Bad Medicine. This party game features clever drug pitches, thousands of possible naming combinations and outlandish side effects to make everyone at the table bust a gut laughing. Bad Medicine is a must-have for any game collection." - Who, What, Why

"An uproarious game of making drugs and pitching them! How you present the drugs, and getting through them with a straight face is half the fun." - Gamers on Games

"It's a party game that allows you to bring your brain and have some good laughs... If you're a gamer and want to add a party game to your collection, this one will fit in." - Punching Cardboard (listen to the full review here)

"This game is great fun and I think it spans almost any type of player, from the picky miniatures gamer... to casual Munchkin gamers, to strategy gamers who are just looking for something light in between the heavy thinking games. Or you know, if you think you’re a comedian after a few mai tais." - Game and a Curry (read the full review here)

"As far as party games go, Bad Medicine definitely seems more involved. I mean that in the best way, because the same cards are used for many different purposes, which is really the best thing you can do for a card-based party game to ensure people play it for a long time. I dig the slightly morbid theme of prescribing fake medicine for various afflictions. Solid all around." - Meeple Mechanic (Score of 34, #1 Kickstarter campaign of February 15, 2015!)

"I was fortunate enough to have Gil’s table next to ours during Unpub 5 and got a chance to play it couple of times over the course of the weekend. It was not only a blast to play, but also listening to other’s play it over the course of the weekend was just as hysterical. If you and your group of friends think they are quick with their wits, have a little BSing power in them, and enjoy a party game with lots of laughter, than be sure to check out Bad Medicine on Kickstarter right now." - Kick the Box from February 16, Troll in the Corner (read the full review here)

"Side effects include: split sides, uncontrollable smiles, feeling clever, and an appreciation for a party game done right." - Chris Kreuter, Epigo

"Bad Medicine is a very inventive party game where it isn't just the grossest answer that wins." - Doug Levandowski, Gothic Doctor

"From making up drug names straight through to defending side effects like why having an extra pinkie finger is beneficial, Bad Medicine is 100% Good Fun. It's a must-have party game for both gamers and non-gamers. Highly prescribed!" - Bonnie Neubauer

“Bad Medicine is good fun!” - Jeff Ridpath

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